Entering the season without Klay Thompson for the second consecutive season, the Golden State Warriors were facing yet another uphill journey for the 2020-21 NBA season, but ending up with the #2 overall pick and being able to draft James Wiseman was a dream come true for this organization.
Golden State has not really had a true starting center for years now, even during their title runs, and now, James Wiseman has a chance to not only be a special player for years to come, but potentially be an All-Star caliber center, that is how high the Warriors are on Wiseman. He will be a name to watch in NBA trade rumors in the offseason.
Unfortunately, his rookie campaign was cut short due to a meniscus injury in his right knee, but moving forward, with Wiseman only being 20-years-old, he seems to be a young talent that Golden State will look to build with for the foreseeable future.
The same can be said about the Houston Rockets and 25-year-old Christian Wood. The Rockets signed Wood to a three-year, $41M deal prior to the start of the season and he has been one of the breakout stars of the league this year.
Christian Wood is a little bit older than James Wiseman, but the key difference between them is that Wiseman has what seems like all the potential in the world, whereas Wood may be reaching the peak of his career now. It seems crazy to believe that the Warriors would look to trade James Wiseman, but could swapping him for Christian Wood set the Warriors up for a better chance to win another title?
Let’s take a look at a hypothetical offseason trade presented by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz that would send James Wiseman to the Houston Rockets and Christian Wood to the Golden State Warriors.